The Commonwealth Medical College and The Wright Center to formalize relationship

SCRANTON — Dr. Steven J. Scheinman, president and dean of The Commonwealth Medical College, and Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, will sign a memorandum of understanding formalizing the relationship between the two institutions on Tuesday.The memorandum will allow for the two institutions to collaborate on endeavors including strategic planning, education and training, and clinical initiatives.TCMC and Th...

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Stolen credit card from Kansas used at Wilkes-Barre Township store

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police said a surveillance camera inside Dollar General on Kidder Street recorded a man using a credit card reported stolen to the Liberal Police Department in Liberal, Kansas.Township police said they were notified by Liberal police on Monday that the credit card was used to purchase $104.55 worth of merchandise at 2:22 p.m. on March 29.Anyone with information as to the identification of the man is asked to contact Wilkes-Barre Townshi...

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This couple’s love began as friendship that caught fire and still burns

SCRANTON — Lisa Pendrak and David Zwanch have known each other for 25 years. They aren’t an old married couple…yet. They are two 30-year-olds who grew up together, grew apart, and are now engaged. Their love began in grade-school and their future started at the same spot.Zwanch proposed to Pendrak in front of St. Mary’s Assumption in hopes of making his childhood crush his future wife.“We met in kindergarten at St. Mary’s Assumption,&#...

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Edwardsville brothers charged with burglarizing church rectories

WILKES-BARRE — Two brothers from Edwardsville facing charges they burglarized a church in Kingston were arraigned Tuesday on similar allegations they ransacked rectories at places of worship in Wilkes-Barre during the holiday season.Police allege Dustan Conniff, 23, and Cody Conniff, 19, burglarized the rectory at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church on North River Street busting open a safe and a strong box and stealing a second safe.Dustan Conniff is further charg...

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Man found sleeping in vehicle faces drug, other charges

PLAINS — A man found asleep in his vehicle on Wednesday morning woke up to a slew of drug charges and is accused of stealing a motor vehicle.Police say that Richard Hadvance Jr., 25, last known address in Coal Township, faces three drug possession charges, two charges of misbranding controlled substances and one charge each of receiving stolen property and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.Hadvance was arraigned on the charges before District Judge Rick Crona...

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Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance to hold informational meeting on April 20

BERWICK — The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will conduct a presentation at the McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20.The program, titled “Exploring Current Drug Trends”, will provide important information for individuals, families and educators concerned with the dangers of new drug trends. Among the substances that will be discussed are bath salts, synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine, molly, heroin, prescription drugs and oth...

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Hearing in Hugo Selenski’s witness intimidation case held in closed chambers in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG — Contrary to online court records, a pretrial hearing regarding convicted double-murderer Hugo Selenski’s witness intimidation case was held this morning behind closed doors rather than in an open courtroom.An employee at the Dauphin County Courthouse said the conference lasted only a few minutes.Carolyn Myer, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Attorney General, told the Times Leader on Monday that today’s hearing would likely focus on a ...

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Hazleton Man pleads guilty to heroin charge, about 2,000 bags siezed

SCRANTON — Hazleton resident Willy Perez pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Scranton said today.Perez, 37, admitted he conspired with others to distribute the drugs. FBI agents and Scranton police seized about 2,000 bags of heroin from Perez during the investigation, according to a media release.A federal grand jury indicted Perez in January last year following an inve...

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Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within ‘hours’

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Wednesday and were expected to gain full control of the city “within the coming hours,” the country’s interior minister said.The remarks came a day after the Iraqi forces, with Shiite militias who rejoined the fight, pushed into the center of Saddam Hussein’s hometown, hoisted the Iraqi flag over the Salahuddin provincial headquarters in...

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Test Kitchen: Put some hollandaise in your Easter holiday

Ham and Bananas Hollandaise is not something I have in my recipe book but I love bananas and I love ham. I have never once thought of loving them as one. When I came across this recipe as I was looking for an April Fool’s meal, I had to give it a try.I stumbled across the recipe on a Buzzfeed article titled “21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes.” It came from McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection of 1973, so there is a decent chance your grandparents ...

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